Innovation in Focus: The Future of Cash Equities Trading Operations

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2 June 2013

Radical Ideas for Cost Restructuring


Leading brokerages must embrace technology outsourcing in order to radically reduce cost structures in equities trading. There are a number of technology firms offering innovative ways for brokerages to make real structural changes and reduce ongoing expenses in line with the foreseeable market opportunity.

The equities business has persistently low growth in revenues, stubbornly high costs, and capacity challenges. As a result, managers are no longer tolerant of high IT and operational costs.

In The Future of Cash Equities Trading Operations: Radical Ideas for Cost Restructuring, Celent illustrates three innovative strategies to reduce costs in the equities franchise for front office IT and operations. These strategies conveniently fit with how environmentalists approach their own questions of efficiency with resources, through the concepts of reduce, reuse, and recycle. This Innovation in Focus report is part of Celent’s ongoing series.

“We believe brokerage firms must think the unthinkable with respect to reducing costs through outsourcing,” says David Easthope, Research Director with Celent’s Securities & Investments Group and author of the report. “It is far better to assume that any and all IT can be outsourced than to assume none can be outsourced at all.”

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